Is A Holiday Week Ideal For Public Comment On A New Nashville Ballpark? Metro Councilman Says No

The complex deal includes not just Metro and the minor-league Nashville Sounds, but also the state, which is trading land for the deal, and a private real-estate investment. (Image via Mayor Karl Dean's office)
The complex arrangement involves not just Metro and the minor-league Nashville Sounds, but also the state, which is trading land for the deal, and a private real-estate investment. (Image via Mayor Karl Dean’s office)

Members of the Metro Council are frustrated there aren’t more chances to weigh in on a proposed ballpark near the state capitol.  Executives on Tennessee’s Building Commission gave notice last week they’ll take comments from the public later this morning.

The mayor’s office is trying to push the deal through before the end of the year, and Councilman Charlie Tygard says it’s a lot to vet in a matter of weeks.  It includes a land-swap between Metro and the state, which will be paid millions of dollars to build new parking garages.

Tygard doubts this morning’s meeting is the best place to watch for pushback, since not everyone can make it downtown the Monday before Thanksgiving.

“How convenient is that, to both interested parties, and/or council members – those of us that have to work for a living.  It’s really not appropriate, to continue to take off work.”

Tygard noted another meeting with council members Saturday, but also questioned the fairness of trying to take public comment the weekend after Thanksgiving.

MEETINGS

Monday, November 25, 10:30 a.m.
With executives of the State Building Commission
At Legislative Plaza (301 6th Ave N) in Room 30.

Saturday, November 30, 9 – 11 a.m.
With council members
At Goodwill Industries, 1015 Herman Street.

Daniel Potter

Daniel Potter thinks the term 'general assignment' is a bland way to say he's brought back national reports from places like inside a man-made cave built to save endangered bats, a room where police store confiscated meth labs, and from the Grand Ole Opry while hundreds of evacuated hotel guests snoozed in the pews. A native of upstate Alabama, Dan enjoys rock-climbing and vegetarian dining.
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